Netflix Arrives for the Samsung Chromebook
Netflix has always been one of the killer features of any new device, especially computers. Streaming video is currently one of the largest use cases for computers, set top boxes, and mobile devices, and Netflix is one of the largest streaming video providers. The company has worked hard to make it this way and makes sure that it is available on as many devices as possible. With devices such as set top boxes, phones, and tablets, Netflix can write its own app and deploy as it wishes. However, on computers it delivers its content through its website using Microsoft’s Silverlight technology. This is a roadblock to deploying on Google’s Linux-based ChromeOS devices as Silverlight does not support Linux.
On the original consumer Chromebook, Netflix and Google teamed up to create an app that can run in Chrome’s NaCL environment – allowing code to run locally on the processor instead of being a glorified web site. However, the app was specific to the Intel chips the first Chromebooks used. The Samsung Chrombook uses an ARM processor like the one found in most phones, and so neither Silverlight, nor the NaCL app worked, however, Google promised it was coming.
Today, the wait is over – using ChromeOS’s auto-update mechanism, Google has pushed out an update allowing users of the popular Samsung Chromebook to finally access one of the top destinations on the Internet.